Poverty and intimidation in the gateway to Madagascar

In 2012, many Madagascan dock workers joined the Syndicat Général Maritime de Madagascar (SYGMMA) to fight for an end to precarious, low-paid, and unsafe working conditions at the port. These workers faced intimidation and threats to their employment, with 43 dock workers unfairly dismissed for union activity in 2012.

SYGMMA, the ITF and the ITUC are supporting these workers in their fight to improve working conditions, and to have SYGMMA recognised as the representative of these workers.

This report outlines the background to their case, and the ongoing exploitation of workers and unacceptable safety standards at the Port of Toamasina.